Shaq Calhoun

Mississippi State
G
OL09

Prospect Info

College
Mississippi State
Hometown
Class
Birmingham, AL
r-Senior
Height
Weight
Arms
6' 2"
310 lbs
33 1/8”
Hands
10”

Prospect Grade

5.50
Chance to Become NFL Starter
How We Grade
40 Yard Dash
5.07
Seconds
 
Bench Press
26
Reps
 
Vertical Jump
28.5
INCHES
 
Broad Jump
105.0
INCHES
 
3 Cone Drill
7.46
Seconds
 
20 Yd Shuttle
4.62
Seconds
 
60 Yd Shuttle
--
Seconds
 

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Calhoun goes by "Shaq" because of his size and basketball prowess. He was the first in his Birmingham, Alabama-area high school to earn a FBS scholarship. He redshirted in 2014 and then earned a start at right guard in the Bulldogs' 2015 bowl game after playing in the first 12 games as a reserve. He started nine games on the right side in 2016, missing four with an ankle injury, and then lined up for all 13 games at right guard with the ones as a junior. Calhoun finished his career at Starkville with 13 starts in 2018 at right guard.
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Rounds 6-7
Overview
Calhoun is more gritty than pretty with a body type that falls outside the NFL norm, but he has a grit level that is right on time. Hand inconsistencies force him into catch-up mode more than teams might like, but he has an impressive ability to scramble and get guys blocked. Calhoun is average in the phone booth, but will surprise teams with his body control and ability to make blocks in space. He has good backup potential with a shot to step in and stand his ground if asked to make a start.
Strengths
  • Thick barrel-chested upper body with long arms
  • Much more athletic than he looks
  • Can transition from primary block to a gapping linebacker with good smoothness
  • Strikes, widens and drives as base blocker
  • Shows ability to match power with power early in the rep
  • Excellent hustle to lead the charge on long pulls
  • Finds a workable angle to engage on short pulls
  • Competitive and extra gritty against bigger men
  • Showed off impressive talent to scramble and recover against Alabama's Raekwon Davis
  • Able to bend, gather and adjust to corral targets out in space
  • Anchor and base strength to fight back against a rugged attack
  • Motor keeps cranking
Weaknesses
  • Hands too often wide of the frame, forcing multiple re-sets
  • Aim on down blocks often too tall
  • Leads with upper body rather than sliding feet to stay in front of rush counters
  • Lacks instincts and awareness against stunts and twists
  • Allows moving parts to hit him square in the face before reacting at times
  • Needs to operate with better footwork and tempo on double teams
  • Choppy mover up to second level
  • Shorter than NFL teams like at guard

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GRADE
9.00-10
Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99
Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99
Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49
Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99
Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49
Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99
Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49
NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19
Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00
50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99
Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74
Chance to be in an NFL training camp
NO GRADE
Likely needs time in developmental league